At least 31 killed in Turkish strikes in north Syria: monitor

A view reveals the aftermath of airstrikes, which Turkey’s defence ministry says it carried out, in Derik, Syria, November 20, 2022.
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Turkey launched airstrikes over a number of cities in northern Syria on Saturday, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces reported. A minimum of 31 individuals had been killed in northern Syria, primarily in positions held by Syrian Kurdish forces, a Britain-based warfare monitoring group stated on Sunday.

Almost 25 strikes hit Raqa, Hassakeh and Aleppo provinces, killing 18 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, 12 members of Syria’s army and one journalist, stated the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The airstrikes occurred every week after a bomb rocked a bustling avenue within the coronary heart of Istanbul, killing six individuals and wounding over 80 others. Turkish authorities blamed the assault on the outlawed Kurdistan Staff’ Get together, or PKK, in addition to Syrian Kurdish teams affiliated with it. The Kurdish militants teams have, nonetheless, denied involvement.

Ankara and Washington each think about the PKK a terror group, however disagree on the standing of the Syrian Kurdish teams, which have been allied with the U.S. within the combat towards the Islamic State group in Syria.

Following the strikes, the Turkish ministry of protection posted a photograph of a fighter aircraft with the phrase, “The treacherous assaults of the scoundrels are being held to account.”

The airstrikes focused Kobani, a strategic city close to the Turkish border that Ankara had beforehand tried to overhaul in its plans to determine a “secure zone” alongside northern Syria. SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami in a tweet added that two villages closely populated with displaced individuals had been below Turkish bombardment. He stated the strikes had resulted in “deaths and accidents.”

Syrian opposition media reported that Turkish airstrikes focused Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces positions.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition warfare monitor, reported that the strikes had additionally hit Syrian military positions and that no less than 12 had been killed, together with each SDF and Syrian military troopers.

The observatory stated about 25 air strikes had been carried out by Turkish warplanes on websites within the countryside of Aleppo, Raqqa and Hasakah.

In neighboring Iraq, the U.S. Consulate Common in Erbil stated it’s monitoring “credible open-source studies” of potential Turkish army motion in northern Syria and northern Iraq within the coming days.

The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria stated Saturday that if Turkey assaults, then fighters within the space would have “the precise to withstand and defend our areas in a significant means that can take the area into a protracted warfare.”

Turkey has launched three main cross-border operations into Syria since 2016 and already controls some territories within the north.

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